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Democracy and Revolution

Latin America and Socialism Today

By D.L. Raby  

Democracy and Revolution
  • Paperback / softback

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Is socialism dead since the fall of the Soviet Union? What is the way forward for the Left? D. L. Raby argues that Cuba and above all Venezuela provide inspiration for anti-globalization and anti-capitalist movements across the world. Another world is possible, but only by winning power on a popular democratic basis.

Raby argues that the future lies not in the dogmatism of the Old Left, nor in the spontaneous autonomism of Holloway or Negri. Instead, it is to be found in broad popular movements with bold leadership.

Examining the success of key leaders including Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, Raby shows that it is more necessary than ever to take power, peacefully if possible, but with the strength that comes from popular unity backed by force where necessary. In this way democratic power can be built, which may or may not be socialist depending on one’s definition, but which represents the real anti-capitalist alternative for the twenty-first century.

  • Paperback / softback, 296 pages
  • ISBN 9781897071205
  • Published January 2006


A useful corrective to the mountain of lies published in the media.

– Tariq Ali

A thoughtful examination of the revolutionary traditions and experience of Latin America that … will provide lessons and encouragement for the contemporary Left across the globe.

– Richard Gott, author of Cuba: A New History, and Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Disinherited Left: From Dogmatic Orthodoxy to Romantic Anti-Capitalism
Chapter 2 Democracy, Formal or Substantive: When Liberalism Becomes Counter-Revolutionary
Chapter 3 Socialism or Popular Power: Revolutionary Reality in a Globalised World
Chapter 4 Originality and Relevance of the Cuban Revolution
Chapter 5 Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela
Chapter 6 Revolutions Aborted: Chile, Nicaragua, Portugal
Chapter 7 Leadership, Movement and Representation: Populism and Revolutionary Strategy
Chapter 8 The Way Forward: Democracy, Popular Power and Revolution

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